March 17, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - With day one of the NCAA Wrestling Championships in the books, Oklahoma State is tied for third with 25 team points. Penn State leads with 30.5 points and Cornell is second with 29. Four Cowboys advanced to the quarterfinals.

No wrestler was more dominant Thursday than Oliver, who pinned both of his opponents in the first period. In his first-round bout, Oliver raced out to a 10-1 lead over Tyler Small of Kent State before flattening him out and pinning him at the 2:56 mark. Small became the ninth opponent this year that Oliver has disposed of in the first period. That number increased to 10 when Oliver rolled Northwestern's Levi Mele to his back and pinned him at the 2:11 mark of their second-round bout.

Joining Oliver in the quarterfinals are 149-pounder Jamal Parks, 184-pounder Chris Perry and 197-pounder Clayton Foster.

Foster was overwhelming in both of his bouts, scoring an 11-1 major decision over Arizona State's Luke Macciarolli in the first round and a 10-1 major decision over Lehigh's Joe Kennedy in the second round. In his two matches combined, Foster scored seven takedowns and a two-point nearfall.

Parks opened action with a 6-3 triumph over Minnesota's Dan Zilverberg in the first round. The Cowboy scored a first-period takedown, then after being ridden out in the second period, added a takedown and an escape plus riding time to seal his win. He followed that up in the second round with one of the more dramatic wins of the day. Parks was deadlocked at 1-1 with Illinois' Eric Terrazas, but scored the winning takedown with one second left to clinch his win and advance to the quarterfinals.

Fueled by three takedowns and two reversals, Perry was a dominating 11-5 winner over Illinois' Tony Dallago in the first round. He faced a familiar opponent in the second round in No. 10 Josh Ihnen of Nebraska. It was a rematch of a hard-fought Big 12 title bout, but looked nothing like that meeting because Perry was dominant from the start in claiming a 5-2 win that didn't feel that close.



Junior 174-pounder Mike Benefiel was an 8-0 major decision winner over Brandon Wright of Chattanooga in the first round, but was bumped into the wrestleback with a 6-5 loss to No. 5 Chris Henrichs of Virginia.Also alive for the Cowboys in the wrestleback are 141-pounder Josh Kindig, 157-pounder Neil Erisman and 285 pounder Blake Rosholt. Kindig lost a 7-3 decision to No. 7 Tyler Nauman of Pittsburgh in the first round, but rebounded to claim a dominating 8-2 win over Rutgers' Trevor Melde in the wrestleback. Kindig scored two takedowns and a two-point nearfall in his win. Erisman suffered a 13-2 major decision loss to No. 3 David Taylor of Penn State in the first round, but exploded to rout Binghamton's Matt Kaylor by a 14-1 major decision in the wrestleback. Erisman scored three takedowns and added two three-point nearfalls to run away with his bonus-point victory.

Rosholt lost a tough 2-1 decision to Virginia Tech's David Marone in the tie-break period, but rebounded to snag a hard-fought 2-1 win over Campbellsville's Parker Burns in the wrestleback.

A pair of Cowboy freshmen were eliminated from the tournament after suffering through two losses Thursday. Jon Morrison and Dallas Bailey both saw their respective seasons come to an end.

Tomorrow morning's action gets underway at 9:30 a.m. Central Time. Fans can watch all the action live on ESPNU and

Team Standings

1. Penn State - 30.5 points

2. Cornell - 29 points

T3. Oklahoma State - 25 points

T3. Iowa - 25 points

5. American - 23.5 points

6. Arizona State - 21 points

7. Wisconsin - 20 points

8. Boise State- 19.5 points

9. Minnesota 19 points

10. Nebraska - 18.5 points

Oklahoma State Results

First Round

125: Mark Rappo (Penn) dec. No. 9 Jon Morrison (OSU); 8-4

133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) fall Tyler Small (Kent State); 2:56

141: No. 7 Tyler Nauman (Pittsburgh) dec. Josh Kindig (OSU); 7-3

149: No. 5 Jamal Parks (OSU) dec. Dan Zilverberg (Minnesota); 6-3

157: No. 3 David Taylor (Penn State) MD Neil Erisman (OSU); 13-2

165: Paul Gillespie (Hofstra) dec. No. 6 Dallas Bailey (OSU); 4-2 SV

174: No. 12 Mike Benefiel (OSU) MD Brandon Wright (Chattanooga); 8-0

184: No. 7 Chris Perry (OSU) dec. Tony Dallago (Illinois); 11-5

197: No. 2 Clayton Foster (OSU) MD Luke Macciarolli (Arizona State); 11-1

285: David Marone (Virginia Tech) dec. Blake Rosholt (OSU); 2-1 TB

Championship Second Round

133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) fall Levi Mele (Northwestern); 2:11

149: No. 5 Jamal Parks (OSU) dec. Eric Terrazas (Illinois); 3-1

174: No. 5 Chris Henrich (Virginia) dec. No. 12 Mike Benefiel (OSU) 6-5

184: No. 7 Chris Perry (OSU) dec. No. 10 Josh Ihnen (Nebraska); 5-2

197: No. 2 Clayton Foster (OSU) MD Joe Kennedy (Lehigh); 10-1

Consolation First Round

125: Allen Bartelli (Boise State) dec. No. 9 Jon Morrison (OSU); 5-3 SV2

141: Josh Kindig (OSU) dec. Trevor Melde (Rutgers); 8-2

157: Neil Erisman (OSU) MD Matt Kaylor (Binghamton); 14-1

165: No. 11 Aaron Janssen (Iowa) dec. No. 6 Dallas Bailey (OSU); 10-6

285: Blake Rosholt (OSU) dec. Parker Burns (Campbellsville); 2-1

Championship Quarterfinals Schedule

133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) vs. No. 8 Mike Grey (Cornell)

149: No. 5 Jamal Parks (OSU) vs. No. 4 Kyle Dake (Cornell)

184: No. 7 Chris Perry (OSU) vs. No. 2 Robert Hamlin (Lehigh)

197: No. 2 Clayton Foster (OSU) vs. No. 7 Zac Thomusseit (Pittsburgh)

Wrestlebacks Schedule

141: Josh Kindig (OSU) vs. Chris Diaz (Virginia Tech)

157: Neil Erisman (OSU) vs. No. 9 James Fleming (Clarion)

285: Blake Rosholt (OSU) vs. No. 11 Tucker Lane (Nebraska)